If you’ve ever browsed men’s fashion magazines or websites, you know that men’s style is incredibly diverse. There are so many different subcultures, brands, and trends that it can feel like a lot to take in at once. Whether you have your own clear sense of personal style or are looking to branch out and discover new tastes, there are some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind when shopping for clothes. Men’s fashion is more than just a combination of individual pieces, but also an entire aesthetic. To dress well as a man, it is important to understand the subtle nuances of men’s fashion as a whole so that you can choose the right pieces for your build and personality. Here are 9 tips on how to dress well if you’re a man.
Know your body type and preferred fit
At the core of dressing well is finding the right fit for your body. While it sounds obvious, finding the right fit can be challenging for most men who need to account for their height, weight, and build. While there is some variation between men, the ideal fit for pants is a pair that ends at your ankle, a shirt that ends at your wrist, and a jacket that ends at your waist. When it comes to tops, the length of a shirt can be adjusted using the bottom of it. If a shirt is too long, roll it up or use a loose belt to keep it in place.
Find the brands you like and stick to them
One of the best ways to know what you like is to find the brands you like and stick to them. You might have an urge to try out new brands, but if you don’t know what you like, you might end up wasting a lot of money. Instead, try to stick to certain brands until you know exactly what you want and what looks good on you. Once you find the brands you like, you can begin to explore different variations of the same style. For example, if you like Ralph Lauren, you can explore different variations of their dress shirts, ties, trousers, and jackets. By sticking to certain brands, you can create a clear sense of your personal style and be confident in the way that you dress.
Stay away from fads
Fads come and go, but real trends last for years. If you find yourself drawn to the latest fad, ask yourself why. If the answer is to make a statement, then it’s not a good style. It’s just showing off. If you find yourself drawn to a certain trend, there’s no harm in trying it out once, but don’t let yourself get drawn into the hype and forget about everything else you like.
Don’t be afraid of mixing levels of richness
The general rule is that you should be dressing roughly as richly as your job demands. If you work in a creative field, you might be tempted to dress down to avoid coming off as pretentious. On the other hand, if you work in a corporate environment, you might feel the urge to dress up as much as possible to fit in. If you find yourself torn between dressing up and dressing down, remember that you don’t have to stick to a single style. You can mix pieces of different levels of richness together to create one outfit that satisfies both needs. If you work in a creative field, but still need to dress up for an important meeting, try pairing a more casual jacket with a simple pair of slacks.
Darker shades aren’t just for autumn
The color black is often associated with autumn, but it isn’t just for that season. Darker shades like black and navy blue are appropriate for any season and any occasion that calls for a more formal outfit. While lighter colored clothing is generally more appropriate for spring and summer, a dark outfit will stand out and make you look more put together. This is especially useful if you work in an office environment and want to make sure that your outfit is appropriate for any situation, from meeting with clients to attending an after-work event.
Get to know your favorite tailors
You don’t have to buy all your clothes brand new. You can also update old pieces of clothing by taking them to a tailor and having them fix them for you. For example, if you have an old suit that you don’t wear anymore, you can have it tailored to fit your current body type and be ready to wear it again. By getting to know your favorite tailors, you can also have them make new pieces for you. For example, if you like the shape and cut of a shirt, but want a different fabric or color, you can have a shirt created just for you.
Don’t rely on brands for quality footwear
This one is a little controversial, but hear me out. When you buy a pair of shoes with a certain brand name, you naturally believe that they will last you a long time. But if you’ve ever owned a pair of shoes, you know that isn’t always true. A shoe’s quality has very little to do with the brand name. Instead, it has a lot to do with the materials used in the shoe and the construction process. If you have a particular style of shoe that you love, you should buy that style, regardless of the brand name. That said, if you’re looking for something in particular, it can be helpful to know which brands have a reputation for quality footwear.
Don’t be afraid of color, but also understand its seasons.
Colors are a great way to add personality to your outfit and make it stand out. However, it is important to remember that each color has a season and can only be worn at certain times of the year. These seasons aren’t hard rules, but they are a general idea of when certain colors are appropriate to wear. If you’re not sure what colors are appropriate for certain seasons, there are online guides that can help.
Now that you know what to do, go do it
Now that you know what to do, go do it. There is no point in reading these tips if you don’t apply them to your life. The best way to learn how to dress well is to try different things out for yourself. Try going to a department store or boutique and trying on different pieces of clothing. See what works for you and what doesn’t. And most importantly, have fun with it.